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The agency cites privacy laws. Many animal welfare proponents are concerned with how the lack of transparency will affect animals, including horses.

USDA Removes Animal Welfare Info, Soring Violations from Site

The USDA removes animal welfare documents including inspection reports and enforcement records suddenly. How will this affect horses? ...
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$10K Bounty Offered for Conviction of Soring Violators

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect TWHs from Abuse

The PAST Act will fortify the federal Horse Protection Act, which was passed in 1970, but contained loopholes that has allowed soring to thrive in factions of the TWH industry....
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Farrier Pleads Not Guilty in Connection with Horse's Death

Farrier Pleads Not Guilty in Connection with Horse's Death

A South Carolina farrier pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of a thoroughbred gelding. Keith Rabon entered the plea through his attorney. He was charged in January with misdemeanor treatment and care of anim...
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Government Shutdown Could Impact Horse Industry

Government Shutdown Could Impact Horse Industry

The government shutdown began Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, as the political blame game continues. Without an agreement, many non-essential government entities depended on by horse owners, may be impacted....
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Horse Show Abuse: Growth of an Epidemic

TN Grand Jury Indicts TWH Trainer Jackie McConnell

A Fayette County Grand Jury has indicted infamous horse abuser Jackie McConnell and two co-defendants on 38 counts of animal cruelty. Court documents charge the men tortured and sored horses as documented in a 2011 Hum...
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KY State Senator Cited for Violating HPA

KY State Senator Cited for Violating HPA

Kentucky state Senator Robin Webb was cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act. Two of her horses were found in violation of the "scar rule," which led to their disqualification at an October horse show, accordi...
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Veterinarians: Stiffer Penalties for HPA Violators

Veterinarians: Stiffer Penalties for HPA Violators

“Soring is an unconscionable abuse of horses that is used to produce a high-stepping gait - the ‘Big Lick’ - and gain an unfair competitive advantage in the show ring,” said Doug Aspros, DVM, president of the A...
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Jackie McConnell Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Horse Trainer Seen Abusing Horses in Undercover Video Sentenced

The gaited horse trainer seen by the world earlier this year in an undercover video soring horses was sentenced to three years probation today. The Honarable Harry Mattice also ordered Jackie McConnell to pay a $75,000 f...
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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Horse Trainers of Soring

Prosecutor: 'Significant Sentence' Needed in McConnell Soring Case

Prosecutors note Jackie McConnell has a history of violating federal laws aimed at protecting horses and are asking for the maximum sentence within their plea deal....
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Walking Horse Trainer Suspended

Walking Horse Trainer Suspended, Fined for Violations

A Tennessee Walking Horse trainer who is no stranger to allegations of abuse has received an unprecedented suspension. It was announced yesterday that Joe Cotton has been suspended by the SHOW Horse Industry Organizat...
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$10K Bounty Offered for Conviction of Soring Violators

$10K Bounty Offered for Conviction of Soring Violators

The soring of gaited horses is an illegal but still common practice among the criminal underground of gaited horse show competitors. The Humane Society of the United States is working to help bring violators to justice th...
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Jackie McConnell Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Jackie McConnell Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act. The pleas come less than a week after Nightline aired graphic undercover video of McConnell deliberate...
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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Horse Trainers of Soring

Graphic Undercover Video: Jackie McConnell's Alleged Methods

The images are disturbing to watch. Horses being tortured with a pipe, whip, and shocked with a cattle prod. The video is from an undercover investigation done by the Humane Society of the US that led to a 52 count indic...
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JACKIE L. McCONNELL, JEFF DOCKERY, JOHN MAYS, and JOSEPH R. ABERNATHY

Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Jackie McDonnell, Jeff Dockery, John Mays and Joseph Abernathy face charges of conspiracy, inspection violations for soring horses, and more. ...
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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Horse Trainers of Soring

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Horse Trainers of Soring, Conspiracy

The 52 count indictment was unsealed today and charges co-defendants Jackie McConnell, Jeff Dockery, John Mays, and Joseph Abernathy with conspiracy and inspection violations related to the Horse Protection Act....
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BARNEY DAVIS

Trainer Sentenced to Prison for Soring Horses

Three defendants including spotted saddle horse trainer, Barney Davis, were sentenced today for horse soring violations. The Humane Society of the United States announced that it will pay out $10,000 to the person who pr...
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Blackburn Sentenced for Soring Horses

Blackburn Sentenced for Soring Horses

A Tennessee man that pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act was sentenced today. US District Judge Harry Mattice sentenced Paul Blackburn to a year of probation and ordered him to wri...
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Blackburn Guilty of Horse Soring Violations

Blackburn Guilty of Horse Soring Violations

A Tennessee man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act. Paul Blackburn was part of a horse training and boarding operation that sored horses and falsified entry forms and other pap...
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